Ecology and Ecosystems
M.S., M.P.S. & Ph.D.
The Ecology and Ecosystems area of study focuses on the structure, function, dynamics, and resilience of terrestrial ecosystems, at a range of scales, from tree genetics and plant physiology to landscape ecology, modeling and remote sensing.
Because functioning and resilient ecosystems are central to human well-being, research opportunities in this area of study address a diversity of topics that help us better understand and enhance the sustainability of terrestrial ecosystems in a rapidly changing world.
- Colin M. Beier; firstname.lastname@example.org
forest ecosystem and landscape ecology, social-ecological systems, climate change, ecosystem services, landscape change modeling, resilience, adaptive management, resource governance, applied geoinformatics
- Eddie Bevilacqua; email@example.com
sampling/inventory, biometrics, forest mensuration, growth and yield modeling, applied statistics, GIS/spatial analysis, forest ecology, landscape ecology, ecological modeling, tree-ring science, quantitative silviculture
- Russell D. Briggs; firstname.lastname@example.org
forest ecology, watershed ecology, soils, ecosystem services, watershed management, forest soils, silviculture
- René Germain; email@example.com
forest health, policy, silviculture, forest management and operations, forest management for renewable energy, watershed management, sustainable forestry systems
- Mariann T. Johnston; firstname.lastname@example.org
forest ecology, soils, biogeochemistry, forest health, silviculture
- Charles A. Maynard; email@example.com
Research Areas of Interest plant tissue culture, genetic engineering a blight-resistant the American chestnut, conventional forest genetics & tree improvement, forest ecology, forest health, restoration ecology
- Christopher A. Nowak; firstname.lastname@example.org
Vegetation Management, Silviculture and Forest Ecology, Production Ecology and Plant Ecophysiology, Invasive Exotic Plant Control, Biogeography and Cultural Landscapes, Sustainable Management and Certification Systems
- Ralph D. Nyland; email@example.com
forest ecology, forest health, restoration ecology, silviculture, forest management and operations, quantitative silviculture, forest practice
- John C. Stella; firstname.lastname@example.org
riparian and stream ecology, restoration ecology, watershed management, ecological modeling, tree-ring science, river restoration, arid-land and Mediterranean ecosystems
- Philippe G. Vidon; email@example.com
Geography/Environmental Science, Surface and Subsurface Hydrology, Water Quality, Riparian Zone/Watershed Biogeochemistry and Hydrology, Agriculture, Best Management Practices, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Mercury, Carbon Cycling, Greenhouse Gases (N2O, CO2, CH4).
- Timothy A. Volk; firstname.lastname@example.org
silviculture, forest management for renewable energy, biomass and bioenergy, energy, agroforestry, phytoremediation, management and sustainability of short rotation woody crops, life cycle analysis, ecophysiology, international forestry
For details on doctoral and masters programs, download the Graduate Student Handbook for The Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management. Hard copies are available from the FNRM office.
Graduate Education Coordinator - FNRM
310A Bray Hall, One Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210-2788
Phone: (315) 470-6561
Fax: (315) 470-6535
Current EE Graduate Students
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After receiving my agriculture-focused BS I'm excited to be working with data that substantiates how our current society's practices impact the ecosystems we live around. During my undergraduate I participated in a study that examined foliar nitrogen manipulations and the potential for plants to trap emissions (NH4, dust, and particulate matter) from poultry farms. My current focus with nutrient manipulation continues in northern hardwood ecosystems within the White Mountains of New Hampshire; I am analyzing leaf area and foliar nutrient composition along with assisting in projects involving root biomass and production and leaf litter production and chemistry.
Graduate Research Topic
Currently, looking at specific leaf area and foliar chemistry of Pin Cherry and Beech trees in nutrient manipulated plots of N, P, and N+P additions.
Moth and insect ID, Birding, backpacking, cycling, travel, xc skiing.
I am fascinated by tree canopy dynamics, specifically microclimate gradients that are associated with height in a tree such as humidity and light availability.
Graduate Research Topic
My current project compares the foliar chemistry of litterfall over time in a young and old stand in Bartlett Experimental Forest, NH.